Football Weekly

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Football Weekly
Hosted byJames Richardson (2006-2017)
Max Rushden (2017-)
Original release2006 – present
ProviderThe Guardian

Football Weekly is a podcast about football, hosted by The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. Originally provided weekly (as its name suggests), its popularity led to a mid-weekly spinoff, Football Weekly Extra. Football Weekly airs on Mondays during the European football season, after the weekend's fixtures, while Football Weekly Extra airs on Thursdays.[1] During the Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012, World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016 tournaments the podcast aired daily.

It was presented by James Richardson, who is joined by various Guardian journalists and correspondents, most regularly Barry Glendenning. Despite being an English production, the show takes a notably Eurocentric view of world football matters. Particular emphasis is placed on the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and the Bundesliga.

In July 2017 it was announced that James Richardson was leaving in order to join a new football podcast, along with producer Ben Green. The pair are now working on 'The Totally Football Show', which first aired in August 2017.[2]

Origin and listening figures[edit | edit source]

The podcast began on 11 May 2006 as The World Cup Show, produced daily throughout the 2006 World Cup, and returned during the season under its new name on 29 August 2006, due to popular demand.[3]

The highest recorded number of listeners to the pod is 378,000; though the number is often quoted at 150,000 listeners.[4]

Awards[edit | edit source]

In April 2008 Football Weekly was nominated for Sports Programme of the Year in the annual Sony Radio Academy Awards - the UK's main national radio awards.[5]

In December 2014 Football Weekly won the Football Supporters' Federation's Podcast/Radio Show of the Year.[6]

Regular cast[edit | edit source]

Intermittent and former cast members[edit | edit source]

Guest hosts[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "James Richardson and his pod-mates return to preview the new Premier League season". The Guardian. London. 10 August 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. Storey, Daniel (2017-07-31). "Exclusive: James Richardson to leave Guardian Football Weekly - Football365". Football365. Retrieved 2017-08-02. 
  3. "Battle of the Pods". 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  4. "Football Weekly Extra". The Guardian. London. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  5. Wells, Matt (10 April 2008). "Radio Guardian: our Sony award nominations". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  6. "The Guardian wins Newspaper, Writer and Podcast of the Year awards". The Guardian. London. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 

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